Buckinghamshire e-scooter tests have been extended into next year, it has been confirmed.
The Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough trials have been extended by Buckinghamshire Council to the end of March 2022.
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The council says this is to allow the e-scooter trials to continue providing residents with more travel options, assess post-lockdown occupancy and impact, and contribute to the national ministry of transport’s evidence on e-scooter use.
It is estimated that Zipp Mobility’s e-scooter tests have reduced CO2 emissions by 20 tons.
Cabinet Member for Transport Cllr Steven Broadbent said the decision to extend the e-scooter tests was not taken lightly, but made sense, given the rider numbers and safety data the popularity and success of the test in Buckinghamshire showed.
“The trials have enabled the controlled and safe introduction of e-scooters, which enables us to demonstrate their suitability as a new mode of transport in Buckinghamshire.
“It’s worth nothing that there have been over 45,000 trips in Buckinghamshire since the trials began and only one health and safety incident has been reported,” said Cllr Broadbent.
“Zipp Mobility’s e-scooter rental programs in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough support the climate change strategy adopted by the Cabinet in July 2020 by proactively promoting sustainable transport.”
Charlie Gleeson, CEO and Founder of Zipp Mobility, said, “Zipp Mobility is excited to continue its relationship with Buckinghamshire Council and the people of Bucks.
“Our attempt so far has been described as a resounding success and we are excited to see how e-scooters can continue to help Bucks achieve their ambitious climate protection goals.”
Only e-scooters that have been approved by official tests may be used. This means that only Zipp Mobility e-scooters are legal in Buckinghamshire.
Privately owned e-scooters may only be used on private property with the consent of the property owner. Drivers cannot use a private e-scooter on the street, on the sidewalk, or in public spaces. If you do, you risk a hefty fine, points on your driver’s license, and the possibility of your e-scooter being confiscated.
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